After an extremely successful volleyball career at Salem High, Amy Scullion is ready to say goodbye to one of her passions in order to welcome in another.
Scullion, a senior, will leave the Quakers as one of the most effective dual athletes in school history. She will also leave the volleyball court to pursue a future in basketball at Ohio State University.
“For me, I always thought I was going to play volleyball and I loved every second of it,” Scullion said. “But when I got into my college recruiting process, I found the only school I wanted to attend was Ohio State, and their volleyball program isn’t nearly as good as their basketball program.”
Having played volleyball since the sixth grade, Scullion said she’ll always love the sport and will still play in her spare time.
“It’s hard,” she said. “It’s difficult to say goodbye to something you’ve put so much time and effort into.”
But a basketball scholarship from OSU and head coach Jim Foster’s attitude were big enough selling points for Scullion.
“He’s just a great guy,” Scullion said of Foster. “He tells it like it is so I know that when I go down there for the next few years I’m going to get better. That’s the kind of coach I like, someone who doesn’t beat around the bush with you and just tells it like it is.”
Though the end of her volleyball career is bittersweet, Scullion said she’ll always channel her memories when she feels nostalgic. She said her favorite career moment was two-fold.
“Getting a chance to play with my sister [Katie, now a sophomore at OSU] was great and something I’ll never forget,” she said.
The Scullions were teammates for Amy’s freshman and sophomore years. A trip to the state championship tournament Scullion’s sophomore year – with Katie as a senior – was the second favorite moment. And though the Quakers were eliminated in the semi-finals, Scullion said the experience was incredible.
When asked what she felt her legacy at the school was, Scullion said she hoped she acted as a leader.
“I think something that struck me as a freshman was ‘how do these girls do this for four years?’” she said laughing. “But one thing I learned, and I hope I taught these girls, is that you have to trust your teammates. You’ve got to count on them and you’ve got to work hard every day.”
But don’t expect Scullion to fade from the volleyball world completely.
“I’ll definitely try to make it back,” she said. “I’ve got to see if we’re keeping up the standard.”